The new 7-seat Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid receives the highest safety rating of 5 Stars from the Euro NCAP.
Euro NCAP, we remind, is the European committee that conducts independent сrash tests. It appreciated the Explorer PHEV’s level of adult and children occupant protection, as well as its collision protection system.
Ford made car components more durable. They protect passengers and the battery better due to a patented innovative 3D Roll and Sweep process.
The Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a 457-hp EcoBoost gasoline (petrol) engine. The electric-only driving range is 30 miles (48 km) in the city.
The model is one of 14 electrified vehicles the carmaker plans to launch by the end of 2020.
The standard driver assistance technologies which contribute in the five-star rating of the Ford Explorer include Pre Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Lane Keeping System.
The Reverse Brake Assist with a radar and ultrasonic sensors to detect objects should be also mentioned.
Latest crash tests
According to the latest release published by Euro NCAP today, a dozen cars have undergone crash tests against the 2018-2019 protocols and got their marks.
The 5 Stars winners are the Tesla Model X, Porsche Taycan, Audi Q7, Renault Captur, Subaru Forester, Škoda Octavia, Ford Mondeo and the Ford Kuga
The Peugeot 2008 was tested with both optional and standars safety packs achieving five and four stars, respectively.
The updated Volkswagen Sharan and the SEAT Alhambra got 4 Stars, while the refreshed Jeep Renegade – only three.
See the latest Euro NCAP test results here: https://www.euroncap.com/en